Liberal Studies-Humanities

Gerald Peters Ph.D.

Professor of English

Office Location

309 Luther Bonney Hall, Portland



Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of Illinois, 1986
  • M.A., English Literature, University of Saskatchewan, 1982
  • B.A., Honors, English Literature, University of Saskatchewan, 1975


Gerald Peters is Professor of English and Comparative Literature currently serving as Chair of the Department of English. He also served as Chair of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages for four years. Having received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the University of Illinois in 1986, Professor Peters taught at the University of Regensburg, Germany, and the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, before coming to the University of Southern Maine in 1987. His research interests include various “discourses of self determination” ranging from diaries and travel journals to confessions, autobiographies, and the BildungsrContinental & comparative literature, psychoanalytic theory, autobiographyoman. He teaches courses on autobiography, ancient literature, critical theory, Lacanian psychoanalysis, the dystopian novel, modern fiction and drama, and the Bildungsroman. He also teaches college writing and a liberal studies course on-line. His published works include Diary of Anna Baerg, 1917-1924, The Mutilating God: Authorship and Authority in the Narrative of Conversion, Autobiography and Postmodernism, and Rereading Goethe, Rethinking Culture. He is presently working on a book-length project on “Nineteenth Century Utopianism and the American Social Imaginary.”

Research Interests

Continental & comparative literature, psychoanalytic theory, autobiography